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Vaccines for

Adults Through Age 64

Vaccination doesn't stop at childhood

It's important to protect children against certain diseases. But did you know you should protect yourself, too? Some of your childhood vaccinations might have worn off, leaving you unprotected. At your next physical, ask your health care provider if you're up-to-date on all recommended adult vaccinations.

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Recommended adult vaccines

Diphtheria Vaccination

Diphtheria vaccination

The Tdap vaccine helps to protect adults against diphtheria, which can lead to breathing problems, heart failure, and death.78 The CDC currently recommends a single dose of Tdap vaccine for adults.85

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Flu Vaccine

Flu (influenza) vaccine

Each year, depending on the severity of the influenza season, an estimated 3,000 to 49,000 Americans die from flu-related complications, and 226,000 are hospitalized.124,83 So not only could the flu keep you out of work; it could also be deadly.59

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Pertussis Vaccination

Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination

Whooping cough is highly contagious, and infants are at greater risk.155,156 Studies show that when the source can be identified, family members may be the source of transmission in up to 83% of infant cases.53 This is why it's so important to get vaccinated.

Read more about the Tdap vaccine
Tetanus Vaccination

Tetanus vaccination

A lot of adults, especially those older than 60 years of age, aren't protected against tetanus. This is why adults should get a tetanus booster every 10 years.83

Read more about the Tdap vaccine

Keep your adult vaccines up-to-date

In some cases, you many need a booster vaccine or additional vaccines so that you are fully immunized against certain diseases. Talk to your health care provider to make sure you are up-to-date on the following vaccinations.

Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine

Chickenpox (varicella) is especially dangerous if you get it after childhood.83 If you've never had chickenpox or only received 1 dose of the vaccine, you may need another dose.85

Read more at cdc.gov
HPV Vaccine

HPV Vaccine

Females 11-26 years of age and males 11-21 years of age who never received or finished the HPV vaccine series should get immunized. The HPV vaccine can help protect against genital warts and cervical cancer.83

Read more about the HPV vaccine
Measles Vaccination

Measles vaccination

The United States continues to experience outbreaks of measles even though the disease was once declared eliminated in this country in 2000.159 People born after 1957 should make sure they received the MMR vaccine, which helps to protect against this extremely contagious viral illness, plus mumps and rubella.85,11

Read more at cdc.gov
Mumps Vaccination

Mumps vaccination

Mumps is a viral disease spread through coughing, sneezing and talking.83 People born after 1957 should make sure they were fully immunized with the MMR vaccine.85

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Rubella Vaccination

Rubella vaccination

Rubella can cause miscarriages among pregnant women and premature birth and birth defects in their babies.83 Make sure you have been fully vaccinated against rubella with the MMR vaccine.

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Vaccines for high-risk adults

Adults with certain medical conditions or lifestyles may need additional vaccinations. Check with your health care provider to see if you should receive any of the following vaccines.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A vaccine

Hepatitis A is a potentially dangerous virus that could lead to liver disease.83 Adults with certain risk factors should get vaccinated. This includes people with chronic liver disease and clotting-factor disorders.86

Read more at cdc.gov
Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccine

12.5 million people in the United States have been infected with Hep B, which can lead to liver cancer and death.83 You need Hep B vaccine if you belong to one of several risk groups, or simply want to help protect yourself from this serious disease.85 Talk to your health care professional to see if you are at risk.

Read more about the hepatitis B vaccine
Meningitis (Meningococcal) Vaccine

Meningitis (Meningococcal) vaccine

Meningococcal meningitis is a very dangerous bacterial illness that can lead to death.83 You may need to get vaccinated if you have one of several health conditions, if you're planning on living in a college dorm for the first time, or if you visit countries where meningitis is common.86 Ask your health care provider to see if you are at increased risk.

Read more at cdc.gov
Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine

For adults, pneumococcal disease usually occurs as pneumonia.83 If you smoke cigarettes, or have certain medical conditions such as asthma, you may need more than one dose (or type) of pneumococcal vaccine.85 Check with your health care professional to see if you need pneumococcal vaccine.

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Hib Vaccine

Hib Vaccine

Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) infection can lead to meningitis, pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death.57 In the United States, a Hib outbreak occurred as recently as 2008, mostly among children who were never vaccinated or didn't finish the Hib vaccine series.90

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